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Sauvignon Blanc

“Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France, a possible descendant of savagnin. Sauvignon Blanc is planted in many of the world’s wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in FranceChileCanadaAustraliaNew ZealandSouth AfricaBrazilMoldova and California.”  Wikipedia, 13/02/2013

“…South Africa can produce some surprisingly elegant Sauvignon Blanc for such low latitude vineyards. …wines can offer an attractively smoky halfway house between New Zealand and the Loire.” ~ Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages

“South Africa is making a lot of good Sauvignon Blanc now.” ~ Oz Clarke, the Guardian

Did you know:

  • The Sauvignon Blanc grape traces its origins to western France in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux Regions?
  • At some point in the 18th century, the vine paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine?
  • The first cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc arriving in California came from the Sauternes vineyards of Château d’Yquem.
  • The characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc grapes differ greatly depending on which country and climate they are grown in.
  • Sauvignon’s Blanc was one of the first varieties to be described in terms of one of its dominant flavour compounds, methoxypyrazines.
  • This compound is responsible for the Sauvignon Blanc’s herbaceous nature, including characters like asparagus, cut grass, capsicum, dried herbs and gooseberries. Drop this name in front of your friends and blow their minds!
  • ‘Flinty’ is often used to describe French Sauvignon, with Pouilly Fumé in particular renowned for its ‘gun-smoke’ character.
  • Pruning is also important for controlling the ‘yield’ of fruits from the vine – Loireproducers are restricted by law to the amount of fruit each vine can produce.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is a highly versatile and variable white wine grape that is one of the most planted and most popular grapes across the world.
  • Sauvignon Blanc can be found in countries like Germany, Austria, Burgundy, Slovenia and Greece.

Sauvignon Blanc is also known as :  Blanc Doux, Blanc Fume, Bordeaux Bianco, Douce Blanche, Feher Sauvignon, Feigentraube, Fie dans le Neuvillois, Fume Blanc, Gros Sauvignon, Libournais, Muskat Silvaner, Painechon, Pellegrina, Petit Sauvignon, Picabon, Sampelgrina, Sarvonien, Sauternes, Sauvignon, Sauvignon Bianco, Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Musque, Savagnou, Savignon, Servanien, Servoyen, Souternes, Sylvaner Musque, Uva Pelegrina, Weisser Sauvignon, and Zöld Ortlibi